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August 29, 2013

Family faces frustration of court fight after grief of terror bombing

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“Bank of China follows applicable anti-money laundering and counterterrorism-financing requirements, and complies with applicable laws and regulations,” Mitchell Berger, a partner at Washington law firm Patton Boggs, said in a statement from his client. “The bank’s internal policies strictly prohibit any provision of financial services to any terrorist entities.”

Israel’s recent lack of cooperation in the Bank of China case has left the Wultzes feeling “frustrated, angry,” Tuly Wultz said.

“When Daniel was killed, I couldn’t fight for him. I couldn’t protect him,” said the elder Wultz, a veteran of Israel’s army who runs a financial services firm in South Florida. “We feel very, very committed to this fight now. We will do everything we can to make sure what happened to Daniel at the restaurant will not happen again. We will fight forever.”

The Wultzes have in their corner U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., both of whom are longtime advocates of Israel who now are calling on that country to keep its commitment to the Wultz family.

Ros-Lehtinen, chair of the House’s Middle East and South Asia subcommittee, said she raised the issue while leading a congressional delegation to Israel this month, stressing to Israeli officials the importance of them providing the Wultz family what they need for their lawsuit.

“I am hopeful that we can bring this case to a conclusion that is satisfactory to the family, but we need community support to not waver at this critical time,” Ros-Lehtinen said.

Added Wasserman Schultz: “In South Florida, we all know too well of the tragic circumstances surrounding the cowardly terrorist attack that took Daniel Wultz’s innocent life. I have been working, hand in hand with the Wultz family and the state of Israel to ensure any and all of those involved in this terrorist activity, including the Bank of China, pay for their crimes so that justice can be served.”

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